NoDa Brewing Company Jam Session, 5.1% ABV has been around for a long time here in Charlotte, North Carolina and I a little surprised I have not reviewed this Pale Ale until now. Brewed locally in Charlotte with imported Maris Otter, Caramunich malts, Centennial, Simcoe, and Citra hops. Jam Session pours an orange color with a fluffy two-finger white head. It has a slightly bitter aroma that is a little bit sweet and there is also grapefruit with some hints of orange. Its taste is grapefruit with bitterness, some light sweetness from some light orange. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected. It then finishes with a light hoppy bitter note and has a bitter citrus fruit aftertaste. This is Pale Ale goes down smooth and is refreshing. I give NoDa Brewing Company Jam Session a B-. The flavors on this are mild overall that do hold its grade down a bit, but nothing terrible. None of the flavors really wow you or jump out at you. Yes, I do recommend NoDa Brewing Company Jam Session. I enjoyed it and will enjoy it again. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Brewed in Charlotte, North Carolina Devils Logic Brewing Bang A Uey NEPA, %.5% ABV is a New England Pale Ale. Bang A Uey is Bostonian slang for making a u-turn. The name is fitting for this New England Pale Ale. This Pale Ale pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a sticky two-finger bright white head. The aroma is citrusy with orange, grapefruit, and a bit of mango. The aroma is strong smelling. The flavor is light with some citrus orange and grapefruit, bitterness. There is a light mouthfeel to this and a nice sweetness. Bang a Uey has a soft bitter citrus finish and a citrus aftertaste. Devils Logic Brewing Bang A Uey NEPA is not as it smells it overall a light easy drinking pale ale. I give this one a high C+. Going into this beer from the aroma I was thinking the flavor would be more than it was. What I tasted was not bad just lighter than I was expecting it to be and that held it just above average for me. Yeah, I would have this again and it would be something to try if you haven’t already. I was not a bad beer. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Triple C Brewing Company Butterfly Smiles Pale Ale, 5% ABV brewed here in Charlotte, North Carolina is a collaboration with INREACH, which is a non-profit that helps mentally challenged people. Butterfly Smiles are made with New Zealand and American hops. Butterfly Smiles pours a deep golden color with a three and a quarter finger white slow head. The aroma is hoppy, piney, with grapefruit, lemon, and some lime. So I am thinking Citra hops used in this beer. Taste is similar to the way it smells. You get nice hoppy notes with taste citrus fruits, lemon, orange, grapefruit, and some lime with piney notes too with a crisp mouthfeel. Butterfly Smiles finishes with a piney citrus flavor and has a lingering bitter stone fruit aftertaste. Butterfly Smiles is a wonderfully delicious Pale Ale. I think Triple C Brewing company Butterfly Smiles Pale Ale is an A-. The pine notes on this do clash ever so slightly with the citrus fruit flavor, but it’s good otherwise, and all the other flavors are good too. I highly recommended Butterfly Smiles. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Bhramia Brewing Company (Asheville, North Carolina) I Voted Today, 5.)% ABV is a Double-dry hopped Pale Ale brewed in conjunction with Tired Hands Brewing (Ardmore, Pennsylvania). I Voted Today is a double dry-hopped pale ale with Sabro & Mosaic hops. This pale ale is pale ale pours a yellow color with a bright white two finger head that slowly fades into itself. The aroma is lemony, grass, with a bitterness. Its flavor is also grassy with lemon and bitter with a faint pine flavor. It finishes with a nice bit of bitter grass and lemon and carries that lemon into the aftertaste with enough bitter flavor to show that it’s double dry-hopped. Bhramia Brewing Company I Voted Today was refreshing and quite good. The lemon did taste the slightest bit off, but it receives a B+. Bhramia Brewing Company I Voted Today brewed by many other breweries and is one Pale Ale you should try. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers
The Unknown Brewing Company Buzzed City 4.6% ABV brewed here locally in Charlotte, North Carolina is a dry-hopped Pale Ale. Buzzed City pours a darker yellow with a one and a half finger white head that somewhat steadily fades away. You get orange notes in the aroma with sharp bitterness and non the first sip it’s orange notes then I it fades in to a sharp bitterness that carries all the way to back of your mouth with citrusy notes with a medium mouthfeel. Buzzed City comes to a bitter citrus finish and an aftertaste that is bitter with lighter orange. The Unknown Brewing company Buzzed City is good but the sharpness that comes in the middle isn’t as good as the rest and that brings this Pale Ale to a B-. Buzzed City has a nice full on orange flavor that is nice and citrusy the rest knocks it down a bit, but I think you should Gove The Unknown Brewing Company Buzzed City a try. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted Monday, July 4th.
The other day I was in a Borders Books and bought a few magazines and one of them was volume one of the 2015 World Beer Awards. This magazine has all the winners in every category and their respected countries, great magazine. But this is not a review of that magazine, no, it’s a review of the worlds best beer 2015, Fish Brewing Company FishTale Ales Beyond The Pale, Pale Ale, 5.0% ABV. This is from Olympia Washington. So I had to try it. Beyond The Pale pours a deep orange color with t foamy two and a half finger white head that dissipates at a nice pace while leaving behind some average lacing. The beer is not to clear so some light is coming through. The aroma is a bit earthy and citrusy with grapefruit and faint hints of orange. Now the taste is nice with grapefruit bitterness and a few hoppy earth notes and towards the middle and back of the tongue, it is slightly malty. The bitterness becomes stronger as the beer warms a bit but nothing too bitter or overwhelming. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice bitter finish and a good malt bitter aftertaste with a slight lingering of bitter citrus fruit. I see this beer trying to be a more than a pale ale without stepping into IPA territory which some pale ales tend to do and for me, that is not what they should do. IPA’s should be IPA’s; Pale ales should be Pale Ales. Beyond The Pale Takes the pale ale style and adds some IPA qualities to it without it tasting like or being an IPA. With the huge popularity of IPA, I see why some brewers what to make a pale ale as close to an IPA. That’s cool, just don’t make an IPA with bigger malted flavors and say here is our pale ale. Fish Brewing FishTale Ales Beyond The Pale is an A. I enjoyed it and would have it again. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Thank you to Dancing Gnome Beer in Pittsburg Pennsylvania for sending me four fresh Lusta, 5.8% ABV their Pale Ale. Lusta pours a yellow straw color that is slightly cloudy with a nice rocky bright three finger white head with great sticking power and leaving behind thick ropey lacing. After looking at this beer you enticed by a citrusy aroma of light grapefruit and orange aroma with nice touches of creamy bitter notes wafting into your sense of smell that calls you to a taste of citrusy orange and grapefruit that has a creaminess to it with nice bitter notes that is somehow smooth that finishes with a juicy citrus fruit bitterness and a nice creamy bitter aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Dancing Gnome Beer Lusta is a great beer, an A+ beer, and one that should be a goto beer in any beer drinkers refrigerator. Every ingredient in Lusta just flows and melds very well. Dancing Gnome Beer Lusta is something that should not or ever be missed! Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Recently purchased from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop, Dssolver Sandwich Station American Pale Ale, 5.2% ABV brewed with Cascade and Crystal hops. I highly recommend that you support your local breweries, bottle shops and other small businesses doing this time, they need your support. Dssolver Sandwich Station, brewed in Asheville, North Carolina pours a dark yellow color with a three-finger white head that quickly fades to two-fingers and slowly fades leaving behind some nice lacing. This American Pale Ale gives aromas of very faint floral notes with breaded bitterness with a piney hoppy note as well. Taste is of a nice bitterness with some hoppy breaded notes with some floralness sneaking in and I guess the taste does follow the nose, then it comes to a nice light bitter finish with the faintest dry note and Sandwich Station has nice bitter piney aftertaste. This beer is an easy drinker, it’s has a nice balance of flavor with just the right amount of it and a nice Alcohol By Volume level, and with that said I give Dssolver Sandwich Station am A+. You should try it! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted on February 21st, 2012
Yes now, this is a beer that is following a new yet small trend in beer styles, rye. Rye is a cousin to wheat, looks and grows like wheat. There are several different styles of rye beer, rye IPA, rye ale, rye pale ale just to name a few. This Terrapin brew is 5.3 abv and pours a nice pale orange color with a white head. There is a definite rye scent present like rye bread, along with a nice hoppiness. It has a slightly similar taste to a weak IPA but not in a bad way. The taste is hoppy but not SO hoppy like an IPA, is smooth kind of crisp until the end. Yes, there is a nice rye bread flavor to this pale ale. The aftertaste is a little sour and hoppy but just enough to make it a bit interesting. I think so. Rye beers maybe a fad, but I think they may just be here to stay, and what a good stay it will be. I like this because it has a lot of different characteristics and flavors to it. That to me, along with the rye is interesting to me. I really enjoy interesting beers and that is what beer-loving is all about. That is a good Terrapin. Try it!! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!
Birdsong Brewing Co. Movin’ On Up Hazy Pale Ale, 5.8% ABV brewed in Charlotte, NC with Idaho Gem, Strata, Cashmere, El Dorado hops, flaked oats, and wheat. I saw this on a Birdsong display at my local Total Wine, I decided to purchase it because it a hazy Pale Ale, not a hazy IPA, it was a bit different. Movin’ On Up pours a Hazy deer yellow nearly orange color with a two-finger slightly off white head giving off bright tropical sweet fruity aroma with nice bitter notes. Movin’ On Up has a nice tropical fruit flavor with some light mango and pineapple that bitter yet juicy with a nice light sweetness with a tropical fruit finish with a nice sweet yet faintly bitter aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Birdsong Brewing Co. Movin’ On Up Hazy Pale Ale is interesting in the fact that it is a Pale Ale that is nice and tropical with just the right sweet fruit and bitterness that deserves a B+, just give it a slightly more hoppy bitter notes and it would creep up to an A-, but it has nice tropical fruit notes that make it nice and refreshing with a nice sweetness and yes I do recommend you try it! Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!